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Thursday 18 December 2014

Recipe: Blueberry and vanilla scones

Blueberry and vanilla scones

Delicious recipes from premium vanilla extract producer Nielsen-Massey.

What you'll need

225g Allinson Nature Friendly White Self-raising Flour

Small pinch of fine salt

½ tsp baking powder

50g Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar,|plus 1 tsp for sprinkling

75g unsalted butter, cubed at room|temperature

75g fresh blueberries

2 tbsp soured cream

1 large free-range egg

1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract

To serve

250g clotted cream

300g strawberries, sliced

1 tsp Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste

3 tbsp Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, then stir in the salt and sugar. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, rub in to the flour until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the blueberries.

In a jug, whisk together the soured cream, egg and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a round-bladed knife, then bring together the mixture with your hands to form a soft dough. It’s important not to over-mix or knead the dough to keep the scones light.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 2cm thick and cut out eight rounds using a 6cm round cutter. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray. Brush the tops with a little beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, put the strawberries in a bowl. In a small pan, gently heat the sugar and vanilla bean paste together with 1-2 tbsp water, until dissolved, then simmer for two minutes until syrupy. Pour over the strawberries, toss and leave to cool until ready to serve with clotted cream and the vanilla strawberries.

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